Further additions added to the Splendour 10th Anniversary Festival

June 20th, 2018 at 12:09 pm

Today we announce more new additions to Splendour’s 10th Anniversary Festival, as even more local talent and rising stars join the bill!

photo credit: Jamie Sims. 

Mollie Ralph & Chloe Rodgers have both quickly made a name for themselves in Nottingham, after performing many locals shows as well as regularly busking together in town. Creating beautifully crafted songs as well as mesmerizing cover versions, they will be sure to go down a treat on the day.

Ferris & Sylvester will also play their Splendour debut. A London-based  duo  made  of  Issy  Ferris  and  Archie  Sylvester, their clever combination of Archie’s  blues  influence  and  Issy’s  soft  folk  tone  has  created  a  distinctive  genre  of their  own and led to them being described by Rolling Stone as, “dreamy, deceptively lovely folk-pop”.

After being crowned as Trent Rocks Champions earlier this year, Clonk! will be opening the Confetti stage this year. The punk rock band will be sure to kick start the day’s action with an energetic performance.

Having been played on Radio 1 as well as chosen as BBC Introducing track of the week, Splendour continues to develop local artists breaking through as Don’t Forget Rupert also join the Confetti stage line-up as a new addition. With catchy hooks and infectious melodies, the band are sure to catch the attention of festival-goers on the day.

As well a range of new additions to the Acoustic Rooms and Confetti stage, we’re excited to reveal this year’s fantastic fringe line-up. An eclectic line-up of entertainment, including stilt-walkers, live poetry, tarot card readings and much more can be enjoyed by our festival goers.

Nottingham School of Samba will bring some carnival noise and colour, as well as a special ’10 years of Splendour’ panel, with a host of Splendour staff and artists sharing memories and behind the scenes anecdotes. Nottingham’s favourite Grandma will also be returning to this year’s event as Basford’s forgotten soul singer Mrs Green performs around the festival on the day.

The final addition to the festival will be announced on 1st July as the Future Sound of Nottingham will take place again at Rock City with our friends Nusic, as pop-soul vocalist Emily Makis; electronic-pop outfit Wolf Club;  indie-rockers Pretty Babs; glam-rockers The Dandylions; guitar-pop artist Ben Haynes and singer-songwriter Louis Croft all battle for the opening slot on our main stage. To be the first to find out the future sound of Nottingham and listen to a whole load of other great local talent, make sure to head down to Rock City on 1st July.

Details Revealed For This Year’s VIP Ticket Holders!

May 24th, 2018 at 5:00 pm

We’re celebrating our 10 year anniversary this year, why not celebrate with us in style by treating yourself to VIP tickets?! Our VIP area is a hidden paradise away from the hustle and bustle of the festival. A VIP ticket will give you access to a wide range of luxuries that will make this year’s festival a truly special experience that you’ll never forget.

As well as having the option to watch all the mainstage action from a picnic blanket, hay bale or comfy chair in front of a giant outdoor screen, you’ll have access to a host of outdoor games, luxury toilets, and the very best in gourmet food and drink.

We have food to tingle all taste-buds. This year we will have mouth-watering burgers from Woodwards Farm, a family run business who are involved in every process of the supply chain, with their 21 days aged beef which has critics raving. This and more will be served in our VIP garden on the day.

Wash down your food with the finest Nottingham roasted coffee, as the Split Screen Coffee Company will be serving 200 degrees coffee beans from their beautifully converted 1965 VW Camper.

We also have a wide selection of tasty cocktails from Frizzenti, offering Mojito, Aperol Spritz, Espresso Martinis and more as well as a variety of wines too! This year’s VIP area will also feature the only cocktail milkfloat around, specialising in variations of white Russian cocktails (with vegan options available)!

More Names Added To Splendour’s 10 Year Anniversary Festival!

April 11th, 2018 at 5:00 pm

In continuing our ten year anniversary celebrations and making sure that this year’s event is our biggest and best yet, we can today confirm even more stellar artists for #SplendourFest 2018. Joining the likes of Paloma Faith, The Charlatans, Marc Almond and The Stranglers will be two artists that have dominated the UK charts and the very best in upcoming and local talent to kick start your summer.

Pop royalty Sophie Ellis-Bextor brings her huge back catalogue of glittering electro-pop anthems to Splendour Festival 2018. With 6 top ten singles in her arsenal including ‘Murder On The Dancefloor’, ‘Take Me Home’ & ‘Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love)’, Sophie will well and truly bring the party to Splendour this year!

Having released one of the best-known and catchiest songs of the last 20 years, Toploader will take to the Confetti stage at this year’s festival.  With a string of top 20 singles and multiple Brit Award nominations under their belt, the three-piece will play songs from their extensive back catalogue including their feel-good summer anthem,  ‘Dancing In The Moonlight’.

We will also be showcasing the best in local talent that Nottingham and beyond has to offer. Hotly tipped indie upstarts Ashfields, who have shared stages with the likes of Biffy Clyro and  join our Confetti stage whilst over on our Acoustic Rooms stage we’ve added George Gadd, Daisy Godfrey, Katie Cooper, Re Tue and Joey Costello.

In addition to all of the incredible musical talent, we have Comedy in the Courtyard, the Gem Anthems Silent Disco, a dedicated Kids’ area, fringe entertainment and plenty of gourmet food and drinks. Splendour Festival is a day out for the whole family, and we’re so excited to celebrate in style with you this year!

The Charlatans, The Stranglers, Marc Almond And More Join Paloma Faith For Our Special 10th Anniversary

March 28th, 2018 at 7:16 am

An epic line up of music legends has been added to our special 10th birthday bash of Splendour, with The Charlatans joining headliner Paloma Faith on the Main Stage and The Stranglers headlining the Confetti Stage at the all-day summer music festival at Wollaton Park, Nottingham on Saturday 21 July.

Returning 10 years on since their debut are The Charlatans. Almost three decades since bagging their first number one album ‘Some Friendly’ (1990), the indie rockers are still achieving fresh career highs with new music. Alongside a back catalogue of 13 top 40 studio albums to their name and hits including “The Only One I Know” and “One to Another”, the band will generate plenty of excitement!

The Stranglers have a vast catalogue of material spanning more than four decades. The influential quartet have an incredible 17 top 40 albums to their name and are probably best known for hit singles “Golden Brown” and “Peaches”. Performing at Rock City earlier this month, the punk-era legends went down a storm with the crowd.

Internationally acclaimed music artist Marc Almond was one half of the electro duo Soft Cell. The band’s cover of Gloria Jones’ Northern Soul classic “Tainted Love” was number one worldwide; listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the record that spent the longest time in the Billboard Top 100 chart in the US; won best single at the first Brit Awards in 1981; and is one of the UK’s best selling singles of all time. Marc has sold more than 30 million records worldwide and will be making his mark at Splendour with hits from his hugely successful solo career, as well as Soft Cell songs.

Björn Again will have the crowd singing along to belters from the very best of ABBA, which includes the chart topping song “The Winner Takes it All” and all time favourite “Gimme Gimme Gimme”. Founded in Australia in 1988, the band is internationally acclaimed and have amassed 5,000 performances in 72 countries in 30 years.

Nottingham lad Ady Suleiman, whose lyrical distinctiveness has garnered fans ranging from Chance the Rapper, Labrinth and Michael Kiwanuka, will bring a smooth blend of neo soul from his debut album ‘Memories’. The opportunity to open our special 10th birthday bash will once again be made possible by the winner of Nusic’s Future Sound of Nottingham.

Embrace, with six top 10 singles including England’s official football World Cup 2006 song “World at Your Feet”, are currently amid a UK tour with a brand new album; energetic, feel-good vibes from indie pop band Peace, hot on the heels of their latest studio album ‘Kindness Is The New Rock And Roll’; and six piece folk-rock Mansfield crew Ferocious Dog, with an ever-growing legion of fans, have also been revealed to perform on the Confetti Stage.

Nina Smith, To Kill A King and Soham De are the first acts to be confirmed for the Acoustic Rooms Stage in the courtyard at Wollaton Park, just a stone’s throw away from all the action.

Laugh out loud performances on the Comedy Stage will come from Brian & Krysstal; Andrew Bird; The Raymond & Mr Timpkins Revue; Patrick Monahan; Alan Hudson; and Dave Twentyman (compere).

Children under 11 will once again be admitted free and discounts are also in place for Nottingham city residents. A standard ticket is £49, coming down to £39 when the discount is applied. Tickets for Nottingham Residents aged 11-17 are £20. VIP packages are also available from our website now or from the Nottingham Tourism Centre and from Clifton, Ken Martin, Southglade and Harvey Hadden Leisure Centres. Please note that to claim your Nottingham Resident Discount in person you will need a copy of your council tax bill.

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Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter Paloma Faith is Revealed as Headliner for Special 10th Anniversary Splendour

January 29th, 2018 at 9:19 am

The multi-talented singer-songwriter Paloma Faith – one of the most successful British female artists of the last decade – has been revealed as the headliner for Splendour this year!

Known for her high-energy live sets, Paloma has been releasing music for the last decade and went straight to number one with her latest album ‘The Architect’ last year. A former Brit Award winner, Paloma has been nominated once again for British Female Solo Artist at this year’s Brits. She is one of only two British female artists this decade to have their last three albums go double platinum in the UK.

The hugely popular singer-songwriter will be celebrating her own birthday with thousands of people at Splendour this year fresh from a huge UK tour. She said: “I’m really looking forward to performing at Splendour and being part of its 10th anniversary celebrations!”

Paloma graced the UK music charts in 2009 with her debut album ‘Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?’. Alongside successive albums ‘Fall to Grace’ (2012) and ‘A Perfect Contradiction’ (2014), she has spent more than 50 weeks in the top 10 charts.

‘The Architect’ is the singer’s first album in three years and includes sensational collaborations with John Legend and Rag’n’Bone Man, as well as actor Samuel L. Jackson. Released in November 2017, it rocketed to number one in the UK charts. It is currently on course to become her fourth double platinum album in a row, which would make her the first British woman in chart history to achieve this incredible feat.

Paloma Faith is the first of over 40 acts announced to perform at the city’s biggest summer day out at Wollaton Park, with many more artists, comedians and entertainers to be revealed over the coming months.

With lots happening all over the park aside from the three music stages, including comedy in the courtyard, a kids’ area and entertainers out and about in the crowd, the festival is a fantastic day out for all the family.

Children under 11 will once again be admitted free and discounts are also in place for Nottingham residents. A standard ticket is £49, coming down to £39 when the discount is applied. Tickets for Nottingham Residents aged 11-17 are £20. VIP packages are also available.

Tickets can be purchased from splendourfestival.com or in person from the Nottingham Tourism Centre and from Clifton, Ken Martin, Southglade and Harvey Hadden Leisure Centres. Please note that to claim your Nottingham Resident Discount in person you will need a copy of your council tax bill.

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Splendour Festival’s Little Splendours announced!

July 17th, 2017 at 6:38 pm

Over at Little Splendours, our designated kids area, you’ll find a whole host of activities to keep younger ones entertained. This year we’re going all things dinosaur! Make your own fossils and go fossil hunting, create your own dino tail and dance the dinosaur disco, join the Great Big Small Dino Quest, get musical with BeatFeet drumming, and hang out with Area Inbetween who will unleash your inner artist.

BeatFeet Drumming
BeatFeet Drumming, dance & world music workshops is joining us again this year to add some rhythm to the festival! Join BeatFeet’s Director Jude in a series of interactive drumming workshops for children and families, where you’ll discover your inner drummer!

Dino Tails
Embrace your inner dinosaur and make yourself a dino tail. By the end of the day we’ll have a herd of Splendour Dinosaurs roaming the site, getting up to all kinds of dino mischief.

Area Inbetween
Area Inbetween are a youth arts organisation run by two professional artists and youth workers. We specialise in providing fun and interesting workshops for young people at schools, festivals, youth centres and community days. Our mission is to inspire young people through the arts and we do just that with innovative and exciting installations, graffiti, crafts, dance, media, music and more. Our organisation is a non profit community organisation and we believe in protecting the environment by using recycled materials as much as we can with our artwork. Creativity is contagious and we hope to spread our love of art and empower and inspire all our young people with exciting new hobbies and interests!

The Great Big Small Dino Quest
An interactive story about a small dinosaur in search of his inner big. Expect some team challenges and games along the way as together we work out what happens when you are small in a very, very big world….

Fossil Dig
It’s time to play detective and find out what it might be like to be a real palaeontologist. Brush away layers of sand to reveal Splendour’s fossils and switch on your fossil scientist brains to decide what mysteries you’ve uncovered!

Make Your Own Ammonite
It’s time to get creative and make your very own fossil to take home with you. We’ll be making ammonites – designing the distinctive spiral shapes of these ancient fossilised sea creatures.

Dino Tails
Embrace your inner dinosaur and make yourself a dino tail. By the end of the day we’ll have a herd of Splendour Dinosaurs roaming the site, getting up to all kinds of dino mischief.

Set Times Announced For Splendour Festival 2017

July 14th, 2017 at 10:56 am


With just over a week to go, we’re delighted to bring to you this year’s official set times! There’ll be back to back hit performances throughout the day, so get your planners at the ready!

For all you early birds, Phat Magic starts the days’ festivities with fun & frolicks over on the Fringe Stage at 12pm. Other fringe acts performing on the day include The Edi Johnston Bit, One Love, Dance Equation, Motormouf and Mrs Green.

Nusic’s Future Sound of Nottingham competition winners Brotherhood kick-start the music of the day over on the Main Stage at 12.30pm. They’re tipped as ones-to-watch, so be sure to get down early!

A host of comedians will take to the comedy stage throughout the day, starting from 2:00pm and running through until 6:30pm. You’ll be able to see all your favourite local acts throughout the day on our Acoustic Rooms stage, as well as The Voice favourites Into The Ark.

The day see anthem packed performances from Buzzcocks, British Sea Power, Black Grape and more on the Confetti stage, whilst the main stage plays host to Nottingham’s own Georgie, Americana soul singer Yola Carter, folk troubadour Will Varley and pop superstar Gabrielle Aplin.

Sing-along to pop rock heroes Busted at 19:15pm then dash over to the Confetti stage where Billy Ocean will be performing hits from his epic back catalogue. A fantastic day of entertainment will be rounded off by our headliners Kaiser Chiefs, performing on the main stage at 9:00pm!

Download the full set times here: http://bit.ly/2u4CpVO
And get the last remaining tickets here: http://bit.ly/2tlXyq7

It’s Hotting Up with the One Month Countdown to Splendour Festival

June 22nd, 2017 at 11:03 am

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Excitement is building for Splendour with the one month countdown now underway for the city’s biggest summer day out taking place at Wollaton Park on 22 July.

Tickets are selling faster than ever before in the festival’s history. Those who attend will enjoy sets from headliners Kaiser Chiefs, Busted and Billy Ocean plus a lot of laughs from the line up on the comedy stage.

In the Courtyard, the Acoustic Rooms stage once again presents a top line up of local talent and emerging artists: Into The Ark / Yazmin Lacey / Jimi Mack / Unknown Era / Tom Lumley / Lisa Hendricks / Young T and Bugsey / Billie / Sunflower Thieves.

Everything from stilt walkers and street dancers to beatboxers and magicians make up a fantastic fringe line up with the Nottingham School of Samba bringing some carnival noise and colour as well as a funfair and children’s area with drop in activities for younger visitors.

We are putting the final touches to festival planning including working closely with the police to put in any extra security arrangements needed, and working in association with Nottingham City Council to deliver a great day out from start to finish.

More than 200 staff are involved in delivering our award-winning family festival, working across every area from box office and bar to the technical set up and backstage hospitality.

Away from the site, food and drink vendors are busy creating their Splendour offer, with the popular Annie’s Burger Shack lined up for the VIP area coming to the festival for the first time.

The VIP package has been ramped up to be bigger and better than ever, with ticket-holders able to gain fast track access to the festival. The VIP garden has been extended to include a secret woodland area and will also feature a dedicated cocktail bar and those all-important luxury toilets plus access to the Dinosaurs of China exhibition. VIP packages start from £80.

Now it’s all eyes on the long-range weather forecast!

Brotherhood Announced As Winners Of This Year’s Future Sound Of Nottingham

May 12th, 2017 at 5:46 pm


Nusic’s annual showcase of Nottingham’s greatest talent,  Future Sound of Nottingham, returned to Rock City once again 7th May. Unsigned local talent not only got the opportunity to play in front of music industry names, but the winners of the night, Brotherhood, battled their way through to earn their place on the coveted opening slot of our #SplendourFest main stage!

Six acts from a variety of genres took to the stage, each winning over the crowd with their impeccable talents, First up were Indie upstarts One Giant Causeway, whos jangly guitar-pop tunes kicked off the night in perfect fashion and really got the crowd going. Then came Kelsey Shaw, whose delicate folk-pop sound made the room stand still with her impressive vocal range. Next up were Brotherhood, who crafted a set of classic guitar pop songs as infectious as they were uplifting, followed by Hashtagobi, who performed 3 alt hip-hop tunes lifted from his recent concept album all about being a university student. Then came glam rock Gods The Dandylions, dressed in eye-catching yellow and pink attire, their wrestling-masked frontman’s vocals were impressive by anyone’s standards, leaving the audience astounded by the end of their three song set. Last but not least came Roe Green, who played a mix of keyboard and guitar to support his heartfelt radio-friendly ballads. .

The  audience were treated to a set by last year’s winners Super Furniture, whilst the judges picked a winner and after much deliberation by the judges,Brotherhood were crowned winners of the night. Brothers Ant and Matt are sure to be a great addition to the Splendour line-up.

Talking about the opportunity that Future Sound of Nottingham has given to these acts, Mark Del, of NUSIC, said: “The Future Sound of Nottingham presents Notts musicians with several huge opportunities. From playing Rock City’s main stage, a gig many have called ‘the best night of their life’, to getting their music in front of industry people who can help them make a living doing what they love.”

Splendour organiser, Anton Lockwood added: “For the last nine years FSN has supported Nottinghamshire’s best talent, and once again DHP Family is delighted to be working alongside NUSIC.

Buzzcocks and more added to the Splendour Festival 2017 line up

March 31st, 2017 at 7:15 am

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Regarded as one of the most influential bands ever, Buzzcocks have been thrilling audiences for more than four decades. Fresh from their global 40th anniversary tour, Pete Shelley, Steve Diggle, Chris Remington and Danny Farrant will bring their high-octane guitar, bass and drum power to the Confetti Stage. With six successful and well-received studio albums under their belt, along with years of high profile gigging, expect an epic set of crowd pleasers including the landmark “Orgasm Addict” and UK top 40 single “Ever Fallen in Love”.

Rising star Will Varley will return to Splendour bringing his fiery brand of contemporary folk songs to the Main Stage. In the same year that he sold out Nottingham’s Bodega, Varley was also invited to open for Frank Turner, who described him as ‘one of the best singer-songwriters in the UK.’ With shows booked on both sides of the pond, and new fans from around the world joining en masse, the future is bright for this folk artist.
A distinctive blend of country soul from singer-songwriter Yola Carter who will be joining the main stage line-up. Earmarked as ‘one to watch’ by The Guardian, and recently voted ‘UK Artist of the Year’ at the UK Americana Awards, Carter is recognised as one of the UK’s top singers and a uniquely gifted songwriter. She has also worked with critically acclaimed acts such as St. Paul and The Broken Bones and Imelda May.
Back over on the Confetti Stage, powered by Nottingham Trent University, local artists Bud and Josh Wheatley join the bill. Bud’s vibrant reggae beats have been played by BBC Radio 1’s Alice Levine, Greg James and Scott Mills and championed by BBC 1Xtra’s David Rodigan. At the end of 2016, the rising star was one of the most played artists on BBC Introducing in the East Midlands. Wheatley has already caught the attention of BBC Radio 2’s Janice Long with his spine-chillingly, poignant material about matters of the heart and soul.
The Acoustic Rooms Stage will once again host a roster of emerging artists from Nottinghamshire’s thriving music scene. Into the Ark, finalists in the ITV show The Voice,  headline with the rest of the lineup featuring Jimi Mack, whose nostalgic sound has been featured on BBC radio; Yazmin Lacey; Unknown Era; Tom Lumley; Lisa Hendricks; Young T and Bugsey; Billie and Sunflower Thieves.

Splendour’s George Akins, said: “We’re confident punk veterans Buzzcocks, along with our other bona fide music legends and award-winning bands backed up with an exciting lineup of fresh talent bursting out of our local music scene, will contribute towards another fantastic day out for the whole family. With ticket sales currently ahead of all previous years, this year’s Splendour is set to be an event not to be missed.”

Children under 11 will once again be admitted free and discounts are also in place for Nottingham residents. A standard ticket is £46, coming down to £36 when the Nottingham City resident discount is applied. Tickets for young people aged 11-17 living in Nottingham are £20.
VIP packages are also available starting from £80. Ticket holders will enjoy a whole host of benefits including access to the VIP garden; a big screen with picnic and seating area; exclusive entertainment; gourmet food and a quality choice of drinks; luxury toilets plus access to the Dinosaurs of China exhibition at Wollaton Hall.